Vladimir Kulic F'13
ACLS Fellowship Program 2013
ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies
Department: School of Architecture
Florida Atlantic University
Building Between Empires: Yugoslav Architecture in the Cold War Networks
The project explores the international exchange of architectural culture in the Cold War by focusing on socialist Yugoslavia, an unusual place that experienced both Sovietization and Americanization before settling in between as a leader of the non-aligned world. It examines Yugoslavia as a conduit of cultural transfer between the First, Second, and Third Worlds and analyzes how architectural representations typically associated with high modernism and postmodernism were persistently transformed and reassigned new meanings. It proposes that Yugoslavia participated in an alternative globalization, different from both the American and Soviet global projects, and that architecture opens a uniquely comprehensive view of the cultural, ideological, technological, and economic aspects of that process.